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Lobster Ale - Belfast Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belfast Bay Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lobster Ale is a copper "Red" ale with a medium hop flavor and aroma. It offers all the qualities of "Red Ale" with subtle levels of fruity-ester flavor and hint of caramel. A slight yeast haze and chill gives Lobster Ale a clear. foamy. rich head. Belfast Bay Brewing Co, is near tile Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia known for it Red Ale breweries.

When Pat Mullen's wife suggested that a brewery from Maine should make a beer called Lobster Ale. a user-friendly red ale seemed to be the perfect brew, We scaled back on the heavily hopped formulas our neighbors produce. We then added slight amounts of black and dark crystal grains to produce a smooth. medium hopped brew. The result is a very flavorful and drinkable red ale with an extremely smooth finish.

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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-14-2012 16:26:14 | More by closisinthehouse
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JLapadura

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-20-2012 15:11:20 | More by JLapadura
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear deep copper, tall tan head after a fairly aggressive drunken pour, left some random blobs of lacing
S - bready and nutty with hints of leafy hops, generally pleasant
T - malt heavy with sweet, nutty, and light roasty flavours, generous leafy hop balance, a slight phenolic hint on finish
M - medium to light body, lower carbonation, light dry finish with a little bit of that teeth coating sweetness
O - classic medium malty flavoured red ale, type of brew that would go great with a hearty meal

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 06:24:57 | More by joemcgrath27
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BeeGinner

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-06-2012 23:29:55 | More by BeeGinner
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demgoth

New York

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-29-2012 09:01:16 | More by demgoth
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shand

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best by December 2012?? A 12-month shelf-life seems a touch optimistic for a 5% amber...

Pours a translucent red color with huge amounts of visible carbonation. Head is tiny. Aroma is that of a nice, malty red. Not too much beyond the malts on the nose, besides a touch of grains. The taste is very good, it's got a solid caramel malt kick with just a touch of grains and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and on the lighter side of medium, and has a nice dry finish. The drinkability on this is very good. Overall, this is a solid red. It won't wow you, but it's a solid, drinkable beer that I'd pick up a sixer of if I ever see it around again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:27:09 | More by shand
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JDLucas2000

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-12-2012 00:35:35 | More by JDLucas2000
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Lupie

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

02-06-2012 01:01:03 | More by Lupie
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Halftime beverage. Thankfully no lobsters in this brew since I am allergic to shellfish.

A - Twist off is noted but I used a bottle opener. Pours a good amber brown with nice carbonation leading to an inch of foam. Head is slightly sticky with lace.

S - A bit more hop forward but I get the caramel and toasted biscuit like malts that I enjoy in these brews.

T - Wow the hops balance well with the malts in this too. I get caramel not as sweet as my last red but balanced biscuit malts and a clean finish.

M - Crisp and clean with a nice medium body.

Overall I enjoy this beer it's a bit more hoppy but taste is a good red ale. Not sure if I would pay 13-20 dollars a six pack but worth the 2 dollar single.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:25:46 | More by DrDemento456
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zonalax

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

01-29-2012 19:14:55 | More by zonalax
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

01-16-2012 23:44:26 | More by rderedin
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-10-2012 17:48:07 | More by bonbini26
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Jamstone714

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-01-2012 16:43:48 | More by Jamstone714
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-21-2011 19:10:24 | More by tclapper
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a new arrival on the usual suspect Alberta liquor store shelves. I've seen it going anywhere from $13 to $19 a sixer - yikes.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper hue, with two broad fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy pale beige head, which leaves a band of thick webbed lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of fairly strong bready caramel malt, a bit of sweet nuttiness, and mild earthy hops. The taste is more caramel malt, an iota of metallic edginess, some faint citrus, and earthy, flinty hops. The carbonation is average, and slightly peppy, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of airy, but generally smooth, especially for the style. It finishes with a turn to the dry and bitter, as the sweet malt tails off, and the aforementioned hops fill the gap.

Not too shabby, as my experience with this style is typically underwhelming, off-flavours abounding. Here, though, we have a nice malty, balanced, red ale - a candidate for deeper, unexamined indulgence, for sure. It's just too bad about the retarded US import prices for it around here.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:05:27 | More by biboergosum
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-09-2011 23:45:09 | More by nmann08
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rab53

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

11-25-2011 03:45:49 | More by rab53
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · Fridge temp · Best before August 2012

Appearance: Pours that classic amber color with a light brown, 1.5" head. Great retention and lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Deeper caramel malts than the other ambers I've recently enjoyed. No hops aromas, but some of that typical cereal grain that I enjoy.

Taste: Somewhat roasted caramel malts and an equal amount of bitterness to back the whole thing up. This is definitely a more assertive amber ale than the others. I like it!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, malty, bitter, dry and a bit boozy.

Overall: I am impressed by this beer. It is not conventional, and throws a lot at the drinker in question. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:05:23 | More by Risser09
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-25-2011 02:59:17 | More by tpauer
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-22-2011 01:08:40 | More by RoryOMoore
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of hops, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of malt, some caramel, mild hops, and light fruit. Not a super dynamic flavor (not that the style lends itself to dynamism), but decent enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a drinkable enough beer, but also fairly forgettable as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 19:40:51 | More by avalon07
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-18-2011 19:37:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-17-2011 02:53:23 | More by Mac19872
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Vinlespo

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-17-2011 01:55:17 | More by Vinlespo
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-16-2011 02:47:56 | More by virinow
Lobster Ale from Belfast Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.